Introducing the 2022-2023 Season

 

FALL MAINSTAGE PRODUCTION

Le Nozze di Figaro
or The Crazy Day

Music by Mozart, Libretto by da Ponte, based on a play by Beaumarchais

Director: Jonathan Eaton
Conductor: Willem van Schalkwyk
Designer: Donna Marquet 

Performances:
November 3 - 7:30 p.m.
November 6 - 3:00 p.m.
November 12 - 7:30 p.m.
November 13 - 3:00 p.m.
Sung in Italian with English Supertitles

‘The first cannonball of the French Revolution’, said Napoleon - and ‘the high point of Western Civilization’, says our Director of Opera at UNT - test the truth of these accolades of Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro at UNT Opera’s sparkling new production. Will the Count really stop his philandering? Does the Countess truly love him – or is she succumbing to the advances of a young page boy? Will the servants finally take over from their masters? This marvelous comedy of romantic confusions and class collisions is set to Mozart’s scintillating music and sung in Italian with English supertitles. Opera does not get better than this.

Tickets may be purchased at thempac.music.unt.edu

 

SPRING MAINSTAGE PRODUCTIONS

A Streetcar Named Desire

Music by André Previn, Libretto by Philip Littell, Based on a play by Tennessee Williams

Director: Taylor Rachel Carnes
Conductor: Stephanie Rhodes Russell
Designer: Donna Marquet 

Performances:
March 2 - 7:30 p.m.
March 3 - 7:30 p.m.
March 4 - 7:30 p.m.
March 5 - 3:00 p.m.

Based on the extraordinary and celebrated play by Tennessee Williams, André Previn's jazz infused A Streetcar Named Desire is a classic tale that propels audiences into the steamy 1940s French Quarter of New Orleans. Tragic, raw, dangerous - the opera tells the story of Blanche Dubois, a fading southern belle who leaves her Mississippi home under mysterious circumstances to move in to her sister and brutish brother-in-law's shabby apartment. The first line says it all: “They told me to take a Streetcar named Desire. Then transfer to the one called Cemeteries…”

Tickets may be purchased at thempac.music.unt.edu

Carmen

Music by Bizet, Libretto by Halévy and Meilhac, Based on a story by Prosper Mérimée
New chamber version by Jonathan Eaton with orchestration by Robert Frankenberry

Director: Jonathan Eaton
Conductor: Willem van Schalkwyk 

Performances:
April 20 - 7:30 p.m.
April 21 - 7:30 p.m.
April 22 - 7:30 p.m.
April 23 - 3:00 p.m.
Sung in French with English Supertitles

“To-re-a-dor en guarde…!” Thrill to some of the greatest music ever written in the world’s most popular opera. Bizet’s famous music drama is reimagined, set in a Roma bar and accompanied by a flamenco-style band including Spanish guitar and accordeon, in an intimate, up-close-and-personal new version by Opera Director Jonathan Eaton. Join Carmen and her crew of brigands and seducers as they sing and dance the Seguidilla – and fleece the Spanish – and witness the terrible climax to Carmen’s fateful love story with Don José.   
This production is the recipient of a new and generous touring grant from the Richard and Enika Schulze Family Foundation; you can also catch it touring to centers around the region sung in Spanish and English.

Tickets may be purchased at thempac.music.unt.edu

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